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Published: 9 September 2017      

Scandlines up for sale?

According to Danish media, 3i Group wants to sell the Puttgarden-Rødby/Gedser ferry operator

According to the Danish on line publication Inside Business, private equity investor 3i wants to sell Scandlines, which it has owned fully since 2013. Inside Business quotes Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS, as saying that Scandlines is for sale.

In view of the plans for the fixed Fehmarnbelt crossing by tunnel, a sale will not be easy, although financial experts see interest from other investment funds, including pension funds. DFDS is apparently not interested, but should the plans for the tunnel be delayed again, the situation could change. “We are always on the lookout for acquisitions, but Scandlines is not on the top of our list,” Mr. Smedegaard is quoted.

Scandlines was acquired from the Danish government and DB AG by 3i and Allianz Capital Partners in 2007. They tried unsuccesfully to sell the company by auction in 2013 and later that year Scandlines bought out ACP's 49% stake for €165M. In 2015, Scandlines sold its stake in the Helsingør-Helsingborg ferry service. 


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